VOL. 129 | NO. 155 | Monday, August 11, 2014
SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
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New Business Helps Clients Organize Homes, Lives
By Bill Dries
When Amy Tuggle and her mother, Fran Cutshall, moved to Memphis from St. Louis recently they each decided to make a career change.
Tuggle had been in graphic design and marketing. Cutshall was a physical therapist.
Together they are the co-owners of “Stay Organized With Us,” a home and business organization company they started this spring.
“This is a whole new path for us and we couldn’t be more excited,” Tuggle said of the enterprise, which works by appointment in which they meet a client at their home or office. “We’re a professional organizing company. It would be mostly residential, some business. We help with decluttering, downsizing, space planning. It could be any area of the home we could help with like closets, kitchen cabinet, pantries, bathrooms, bedrooms, toy rooms.”
Amy Tuggle, left, and her mother and business partner Fran Cutshall recently opened Stay Organized With Us, a home and business organization company.
(Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)
Tuggle and Cutshall also offer a line of four binders under the trademarked name “Easykeep Binders” that help organize basic and essential documents and business records in any household.
“It manages paperwork. So many times you hear people – the main gripe of their organizing has to do with maintaining their personal and household paperwork,” Tuggle said. “We’ve come up with a binder system that streamlines what you keep and how it is kept. That’s another facet of our business. We created a product line.”
The binders are also selling nationally apart from the organizing services offered.
“We’re finding that lots of Realtors like them to give as gifts – housewarming gifts,” Tuggle said. “The premise of the home (binder) is that it always stays with the house – anything that would have to do with running your home.”
Stay Organized With Us will have a booth at the Professional Network on Aging Conference Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova.
The service is important to senior citizens who may be moving to a smaller residence or simply getting better organized with retirement.
Nothing is discarded that a client does not choose to discard and the company works with second-hand stores to recycle some of the items that aren’t going to stay in the reorganization if they can be reused.
“If it’s something that needs to go to Goodwill or a thrift store or some type of charity – things that can be sold – we can find something,” Tuggle said.
In some cases the follow-up could include organizing an auction or estate sale.
“We try to find resources so the item can find a new life and not just go to the landfill,” Tuggle said. “We can handle people who are getting ready to move – before a move or even after they move. We transfer our skills at organizing to the client, which helps them with time management and better use of their space.”